THEME: SERVANTS OF GOD.
BY: Fr. Karabari Paul.
‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.’
In the Scriptures, the word ‘servant’ carries two key ingredients: action and obedience. A servant is one who serves, or does services, voluntarily or on compulsion; a person who is employed by another for menial offices, or for other labour, and is subject to his command; a person who labours or exerts himself for the benefit of another, his master or employer; a subordinate helper.
In the Gospel of today (Luke 17:7-10), Jesus gives a pictorial description of the relationship of between a servant and his master. Then He concludes, “Does he thank the servant because he did what was commanded? So you also, when you have done all that is commanded you, say, ‘We are unworthy servants; we have only done what was our duty.”’ We are only slaves because God has created us for Himself. We have not made Him for ourselves as some people would argue. We belong to Him. This is a huge dose of realism.
This text can be hard to understand as some may think that we are enslaved by Jesus. The central point would be that humble service done out of love for the Lord is its own reward. We are slaves with the entitlement of heirs of the Kingdom. To serve Him is to be exalted.
A ‘servant’ focuses on doing their master’s will. We are God’s servants. We need to be tuned in to what He wants us to do, when He wants us to do it, and the way He wants it done. Doing His will should be the most important item on our to-do lists for each day. A servant in this passage faces multiple tasks without complaints. Is there any other way we are committed to God outside coming to Sunday Mass or service?
The way of Jesus suggests that serving others is a privilege in itself and no reward is necessary. We at least accept that our obedience to God is required by the very nature of who God is. That it is not something to boast about or seek a reward for since our obedience is that of a son or daughter to a loving Father. GOD IS STILL ON THE THRONE. May God bless us, protect us and grant us His grace through Christ Our Lord Amen. Good morning.